Hello and happy Friday! Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I’ve been in the midst of my move back to Boston after a summer in the Midwest. I have arrived back on the East Coast with the expected level of ambivalence. I am both wildly excited to get back to teaching and my regular routine, and also still struggling with feeling at home in this city. It’s been an up and down week, as is usually the case when the seasons change. End of summer/early fall. I can’t help but think of a year ago this time when my life was in complete and total upheaval. I’ve come a long way since then, but I’m still learning my new normal here. I know things will feel better once school starts. Until then, here is an image to lighten the mood, in honor of Beyonce’s incredible VMA performance and my love of cats:
And now, the Friday Five!
This post was a lot of feelings for me. This advice letter from New York magazines features a letter from a woman in her late 20s who is finding it difficult to make friends. She has a great job, a great boyfriend, and lives in a great city, but because she’s moved around a lot, she’s finding that she has fewer and fewer people to socialize with. I definitely relate to this. When I first moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, I was lucky to have built-in friends from my PhD program, but I already started to notice evidence of the difficulty of making and keeping friends after the college years. Plus, I was missing all my friends from college in Chicago, as well. I lived with my partner in Minneapolis, but there were times that it felt like friendships were already more complicated than ever. THEN Boston happened. I was single and alone in a new city and it was (and still is, but, thankfully, to a lesser degree) ROUGH. I think this is a wonderful read for anyone who values friendships and finds themselves feeling like their ties are not as strong as they once were.
Okay, this weekend I am definitely making this salad from Blissful Basil. It sounds incredible and it’s been too long since I”ve made cauliflower rice. A perfect late summer salad!
Goodness, I sure miss this charming city. Minneapolis-ites Aubrey and her brother Kale (no, for real tho) are opening a “meatless butcher shop.” All the things you see in this retro-style butcher shop will be made of tofu, beans, and seitan. Before they get their store-front you can find them at Minneapolis farmer’s markets. As my friend on FB said, “Minneapolis, you have reached peak Portlandia.” Indeed, and it feels so good!
So, my new apartment is quite charming, but it is also very tiny. I am having particular issues with the lack of kitchen space. I spent about an hour on pinterest searching “tiny kitchen organizing,” “small kitchen solutions,” “storage for people who can’t afford big kitchens,” etc. (That last one didn’t yield any results. #smh). This buzz feed list actually had some really good ideas. Maybe it will be helpful if you’re in the same (tiny) boat as me!
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
Getting back to Boston (both happy and sad)
More back to school planning
YOGA and yoga sculpt
dinners with friends
apartment set up
walks and bike rides
What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xo